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  • The Ring Two

    The Ring Two

    Was not expecting Sissy Spacek to show up in a haunted house wig as Sadako/Samara's institutionalized bio mom lmao.

    A poster for The Ring Two hangs next to unforgettable classics like Benji the Hunted and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III in the Oregon Film Museum located in Astoria aka Gooniesville aka the location for this J-horror sequel. Really weird seeing a fake psychiatric hospital set up at the same school as Kindergarten Cop!

    Anyway, The Ring Two throws out the…

  • The Ring

    The Ring

    ★★★★

    Does the American remake thing: over explicating supernatural ambient dread. Why do you die after 7 days? Because that's how long Sadako/Samara wasted away in the well. Why is the movie called The Ring (and not just Ring)? Because you literally see one before you die, like in a coffee cup stain or a tree stump or something. Verbinski sinks some Hollyweird bucks into some impressive mood lighting, though. And Naomi Watts goes for it screaming and crying and panicking…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★

    Took me half a week to finally log a review for this remake 'cause it's so exhausting. Luca G's Suspiria is kind of a mess that tries to do way too much without really hitting any mark over a bloated span of nearly three hours. I dug the oppressive cold restrained vibe and authentic feeling '70s aesthetic from the fashions to striking locations to the camerawork full of zooms and sustained takes. Most of the movie nails a sort of…

  • The Driller Killer

    The Driller Killer

    Some gems from Abel Ferrara on the Arrow blu-ray commentary track:

    He wants to direct a Jekyll and Hyde movie starring Forest Whitaker and 50 Cent?? "It would be Forest changing into 50. No one has ever done that movie. . . yet."

    "Put the Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes in this package."

    "Union Square. Andy Warhol would watch us out of a window."

    A homeless man cleans a car windshield: "This was pre-Giuliani New York. These guys…